What is Malirid (Primaquine) used for?
Malirid (Primaquine) is an oral antimalarial medication used to treat patients who have already been infected by malaria. The medication operates by destroying the malaria parasites in the body allowing them to be eliminated from the body. This can prevent symptoms associated with this condition including fever, shivering, joint pain, or seizures. Your doctor may prescribe it to be used along with other medications or for the treatment of other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Malirid (Primaquine)?
Malirid (Primaquine) should be used strictly according to your doctor`s instructions to make sure you are getting the safest and most effective results from treatment. Most patients are prescribed to be taken once each day for a cycle of medication lasting one or two weeks. Your individual directions will depend on your age, weight, health condition, and the severity of your symptoms. The tablets should be swallowed with a large glass of water and meal to prevent nausea. Do not split, chew, or crush the tablets to avoid unintentionally destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Never stop taking the medication before being instructed to do so, even if your symptoms have subsided, as the infection may not be destroyed and can return stronger or more resistant to treatment.
What are the side effects of Malirid (Primaquine)?
Malirid (Primaquine) has been known to cause side effects in some patients including:
Serious side effects possibly requiring immediate medical attention include severe vomiting, intense stomach pain, severe diarrhoea that is bloody or watery, or signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, swelling, or difficulty breathing. Inform your doctor as soon as you experience any serious side effects to make sure the necessary changes are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent more health problems from occurring.
Malirid (Primaquine) should not be used by patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or who have severe G6PD deficiency. Also inform your doctor if you have G6PD deficiency, rheumatoid arthritis, or systemic lupus as these conditions may result in unexpected health problems requiring adjustments to your treatment.
Strictly use Malirid (Primaquine) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Malirid (Primaquine) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.